The Photography of Katsunori Shimada
At the Nanzenji Temple, Kyoto Japan
All these photos are by Katsunori Shimada
All these photos are by Katsunori Shimada

I've known Katsunori Shimada (島田勝功) for many years, but didn't know how good a photographer he was until recently. Last week, Shimada-san, Nils Ferry, my mother-in-law, and I all walked to and hiked up Mt. Daimonji in eastern Kyoto. It's the mountain on which that the huge “大” character appears in flames during the Daimonji Festival each year in August.

Nils has posted some shots, as will I later. In this post I'll feature some of the photos that Shimada-san took during that trip. Many would make spectacular desktop backgrounds.

Under the main gate at the Nanzen Temple
Under the main gate at the Nanzen Temple, Kyoto Japan. Photo by Katsunori Shimada

A lawn in front of a temple in Eastern Kyoto
Temple lawn, Kyoto Japan. Photo by Katunori Shimada

 

A temple storehouse in Eastern Kyoto. Photo by Katsunori Shimada
A temple storehouse
Jeffrey Friedl on Mt. Daimonji, Kyoto Japan. Photo by Katsunori Shimada
A not-too-bad shot of the stunningly unphotogenic me

 

Purple Berries (foreground) and Autumn Colors (background)
Fall colors and purple berries in Kyoto, Japan. Photo by Katsunori Shimada

Exiting the Forest onto the Hidoko (fire-burning area), Mt. Daimonji
with North-Eastern Kyoto as the backdrop

(centered on Imadegawa / Shirakawa)
Exiting the Forest onto the Hidokoro (fire-burning area) of Mt. Daimonji, Kyoto Japan. Photo by Katsunori Shimada

Dizzying Colors
Kyoto Leaves. Photo by Katsunori Shimada

All 9 comments so far, oldest first...

Wow, now I know I will live in Kyoto one day!

— comment by Tony on December 6th, 2005 at 4:06pm JST (12 years ago) comment permalink

WOW!!!
Really nice pics!!!

— comment by Thomas on January 27th, 2006 at 10:21pm JST (11 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

It’s always worth to browse your sites … to find pictures like this … and to use it as wallpaper.

— comment by Thomas on January 27th, 2006 at 10:25pm JST (11 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

Love your Japan fotos. Shimada-san can give everyone a lesson on photo composition–amazing work!

— comment by James on September 15th, 2006 at 6:13am JST (11 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink

incredible game of colours.. a perfect place to be lost in.

best wishes from the mediterranean sea (Island of Minorca).

Pedro Cardona

— comment by pedro cardona on April 10th, 2007 at 4:08am JST (10 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

Thanks for making your beautiful photos available. When my web ability gets better, i.e., and I actually get around to building my site, I will definitely give you credit. Right now, I work full time and then take care of my family at the end of the day, and just wanted a beautiful background to remind me of what the fall actually looks like. Thank you again.

— comment by Jackie on November 12th, 2007 at 10:03am JST (10 years, 1 month ago) comment permalink

Awesome… Now I really want to go to Kyoto…:)

— comment by Vilma on March 2nd, 2008 at 6:28pm JST (9 years, 9 months ago) comment permalink

Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed browsing through your photos. You’ve got a good eye. The photo’s are amazing. I went to Japan only once but these pictures take me back. Thanks, James

— comment by James Hayes on May 4th, 2008 at 5:54am JST (9 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink

Beautiful photos – we’re looking forward to seeing the sights ourselves soon! Thanks.

— comment by Kristen on December 1st, 2009 at 12:59pm JST (8 years ago) comment permalink
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